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i'll be honest, i'm not the type of person who cares about social issues or someone who goes out there with a picket stick with signs in my hand.

But if there's one issue that I can identify with is the issue of child brides in Yemen or similar cultures. i'm not a female and never been abused as a child, but this issue is something that gets on my nerves whenever i read the articles on it--about how the parents would marry off their 11 year old daughter to some middle aged man in hope for a better life for their daughter.

But in some cases, the man will end up abusing the 11 year old girl. and well, in ALL cases of child bride, this is the definition of paedophilia, child abuse and degradation of females.




So, I'm just curious what social issues can you identify with the most? and if you know the reasons why, please do share (if you feel comfortable in sharing).
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childs abuse is probably the one I can identify with the most, I got hit when I was a child and still do(I'm 16)
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

i'll be honest, i'm not the type of person who cares about social issues or someone who goes out there with a picket stick with signs in my hand.

But if there's one issue that I can identify with is the issue of child brides in Yemen or similar cultures. i'm not a female and never been abused as a child, but this issue is something that gets on my nerves whenever i read the articles on it--about how the parents would marry off their 11 year old daughter to some middle aged man in hope for a better life for their daughter.

But in some cases, the man will end up abusing the 11 year old girl. and well, in ALL cases of child bride, this is the definition of paedophilia, child abuse and degradation of females.




So, I'm just curious what social issues can you identify with the most? and if you know the reasons why, please do share (if you feel comfortable in sharing).


Your right it's wrong but remember in that part of the world it's been going on for 2000 years and people tend to get real angery when you mess with their tradition that been said unless the people can be made to see this is wrong it won't change
I am more sickened by child solders no child should be forced to fight in a war These are kids as young as 7 or 8 dragged from their homes drugged and given an AK and sent into battles and most die and have zero clue what they are doing there

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The human right to an education.

I had to sacrifice a lot for mine, at first I had to give up my friends, my family, and my home just to get into school. Then I had to work my ass off to pay for it and ultimately chose to risk my ass in a warzone (chasing a job) to secure a position in my field. As a result it's an issue that is near and dear to my heart. I go out of my way to help gifted, but desperate Ph.D. candidate students find fellowship money, and I throw as much weight around as I can to secure scholarships for struggling undergrads.

It really kills me to see individuals of genius level intellect have to drop out and find menial jobs just to feed themselves. I don't know what the greatest tragedy in the world truly is, but to me, it's wasted potential. It's impossible to quantify how much people are worth, how much they could have given back to us, how fantastic our futures could have been -- had all those with limitless potential been given a chance to shine.
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Must...resist...cynicism...bait!!
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The human right to an education.
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It really kills me to see individuals of genius level intellect have to drop out and find menial jobs just to feed themselves. I don't know what the greatest tragedy in the world truly is, but to me, it's wasted potential. It's impossible to quantify how much people are worth, how much they could have given back to us, how fantastic our futures could have been -- had all those with limitless potential been given a chance to shine.


^ mine is similar, but I think that a person doesn't have to be super smart or full of potential in order to get a good education. I want the average person, like myself, who isn't necessarily the brightest person out there, not particularly talented in anything, and so far from any chance for good funding, to have a chance at a decent education and not have to spend the rest of his/her life paying it off. That's utterly ridiculous. Basically it's "get a job with your education so you can pay for your education." Like?? What??



There's help for the poorest of the poor and the brightest people, if they make themselves known (or have good mentors to push them the right direction). The rich can easily pay for their education. What's in it for the middle man?

Very little.
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@Sogno, I like the phrase in that picture Yeah I can relate... I'm not exactly the poorest or the brightest...

It definitely feel like a debt sentence for me.
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Not to mention, if you're applying for a job, there's a hierarchy in terms of educational institution you'd been in.
A person that graduated from a Miami Arts Institute gets a foot on the door compared to a person who had the same education but came from a community college.



Furthermore, there are fields of study that need some questions. Do we really need thousands upon thousands anthropology graduates?

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I see. I certainly agree with the education thing.

One close to me is free healthcare in every country. One where they treat you with dignity and state hospitals actually work--and are not crappy. Seriously, everyone should have this right.

A few years ago, it was gay rights, but the world is more tolerant these days, it's not really an issue anymore.
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But in some cases, the man will end up abusing the 11 year old girl. and well, in ALL cases of child bride, this is the definition of paedophilia, child abuse and degradation of females.
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Also since generally in these types of cultures the bride generally doesn't have the right to refuse her parents decision, marriage being mostly irreversible for the female, and tends to be a subservient role by law, I tend to view this as also human trafficking on the part of the parents as well as slavery on the part of the husband.
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In truth there just aren't enough scholarships, so there isn't always hope even for the brightest people. That's precisely the point I was making. Without guaranteeing higher education as a human right to all people, we're allowing the one resource with the greatest potential for returns to slip away due to the shortsightedness of our leadership failing to make what amounts to a marginal investment. Western societies elect their own representatives and the masses fail to comprehend the dire need for a drastic increase in educational spending, largely because they're poorly educated themselves, not because its an expense we can't afford. We can ill afford not to. If we had true visionaries as leaders, they would see more than just the obvious benefits of having a highly skilled (and therefore highly competitive) labor force, but we don't even have that.
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Sexist video games! I'm an Anita supporter. Rather than doing something important with her voice that thousands of people listen to, she whines and complains because their are too many dicks on the dance floor! People like her are true social justice advocates.
Posted 10/3/13
- Climate change
- Child abuse
- Sexism
- Poverty
- Conflicts
- Debt
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Hunger would probably be on top for me. I see it as something that impacts a lot of other issues (education - tough to learn when you're hungry, health - tough to stay healthy if you're not getting the nutrients you need, etc). It ties in with so many other issues, but it's the kind of thing I can also work on a bit, at least locally and through other organizations.
Posted 10/3/13
- Social stigma
- Injustice
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